The Chicago White Sox took game 3 and the series from the AL West leading Houston Astros in 5-0 fashion on Sunday afternoon. The bulk of the damage came off of Houston starter Roberto Hernandez in the second and third innings. In the second, Conor Gillaspie singled with one out and later moved over to third on a Gordon Beckham single into right field. Tyler Flowers followed the Beckham single with one of his own to score Gillaspie for the first run of the ball game.
In the third, Adam Eaton singled to leadoff, followed by a Melky Cabera to put runners on second and third. Adam LaRoche walked to load the bases with no one out and Gillaspie hit a one out, two run single to score Eaton and Cabrera. LaRoche scored on an Alexei Ramirez fielder’s choice to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead.
The Astros threatened in the bottom half of the third. Jason Castro, Jake Marisnick, and George Springer hit back-to-back one out singles to load the bases, but Danks, induced a Jose Altuve hit 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Danks pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on ten hits while striking out five and walking none.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about the lack of scoring in today’s game, “When we get ten hits, we want and should score more runs. We don’t have to rely on the home run. We got a couple of doubles with two outs and we hit into two double plays today. We found ways enough not to score than to score.”
The White Sox added an unearned run off of Hernandez in the sixth when Ramirez reached on an error by Jonathan Villar. In the seventh, LaRoche hit the Crawford Boxes for his sixth home run of the year off of reliever Jake Buchanan to give Chicago a 6-0 lead.
Taking the loss for Houston was Roberto Hernandez who pitched 5.2 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and struck out two while only walking one. Hinch spoke about Roberto Hernandez after the game, ” I think the first inning was exceptional. I think after that he had to battle quite a bit. He got himself into a bit of a hole and gave up a couple of big hits. It wasn’t his best day.”
Houston returns to the field for two games with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, while the Chicago White Sox will travel three hours north to start a three game stretch with the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
WP: John Danks (3-4)
LP: Roberto Hernandez (2-4)
Time of Game: 2:37